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Mike Pirnat

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Using the LEGO Force

Originally uploaded by mikepirnat.

Finally got off my butt (and promptly back onto it) and built my LEGO AT-AT. That kind of says it all, I think.

There are a couple of other photos over at my Flickr account that give a better overall representation of the thing, but I kind of preferred this "artsy" perspective on it.

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14 Days, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes, and Change

Popped out at lunch today to pick up the new NIN album, and the Return of the Sith soundtrack. NIN is pretty good. Haven't listened to Sith yet--considering trying to keep at least a tiny bit of "prequel purity" before The Big Day comes, even though I already read the silly kids' storybook version at K-Mart the other week. (Lucas should just cut out all the dialogue and make it a silent film, because what's in the storybook looks pretty freaking sweet.)

Also, finally got off my butt and ordered tickets for VNV Nation (June 7 at the Cleveland House of Blues, in case anyone feels like being social in a bouncy EBM-synth-industrial sort of way).

Also also, this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

Excitement abounds! Excelsior!

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Even Dark Lords Have Time to Whine in Their Blogs

A minor amusement passed along by a co-worker: Darth Vader's blog. Note that those wishing to avoid Episode 3 spoilers, however minor, should avoid the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" entry.

Thankfully, I do not have the shame of being the first LJ'er to start watching the RSS feed, so one can just add [info]darthvaderblog to your friends list...

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Things Bad and Good

Crappy day at work, due largely to the inability of others to do simple things like notice that they need to do something, or read the painstakingly simple and clear instructions that I prepared for them, despite the use of several meetings, emails, tickets, face-to-face conversations, and the use of many asterisks and all-caps typing on the subject. What does it take, fucking smoke signals?

But, the bane of my professional existence is now nearly cast off for good, so I guess there's always an up side...

Liz made me food, poured me a nice glass of wine, and took me to see Kung Fu Hustle, so life is now a lot, lot better. Interestingly enough, I am now in physical possession of my 12:01 tickets for Episode 3, as the machine at the box office automatically prints all pending tickets for your credit card. So, now I just have to defend them from all harm for 21 days, one hour, and 35 minutes, and the circle will be complete!

I am sure that there was something else I wanted to write about, but I'll be damned if I can remember what it was. Hmm.

I am uploading Philly photos as we speak and will hopefully start posting a few of them over the next couple of days for your enjoyment. In the mean time, you might enjoy this...

Morimoto autograph
"With a strong foundation, you can achieve your dreams!"

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A plethora of vaguely entertaining miscellany:

First, of interest to code geeks, is Monkey Typing in Python. (Most of you won't care one whit, I just thought anything called "Monkey Typing" should be shared.)

Right now, from the comfort and convenience of your PC, you can listen to the winds of an alien world. Stop and think for a minute about how amazingly, intensely awesome that is.

Coming soon to a tragically SD galaxy near you, it's Darth Tater. Seriously.

Eric gives us a compelling reason to try Baby Signs. Fascinating! (If this were a Fark headline, it would end with "Your baby wants steak.")

I am stunned to learn that it is possible to shoot yourself in the head with a nail gun and not notice.

Note to self: When in Wasilla, Alaska, do not refer to this guy's giant robot as a robot; it's packing a nail gun and flamethrower and prefers to be called a mecha, thank you very much. Also, its creator might explode.

It's a good thing we have the Weekly World News to provide such vastly useful and timely information as how to determine if your prostitute is a space alien. Talk about your public service announcements!

They say life often imitates art. In this case, life imitates Scooby Doo. Jinkies!

Finally, Jalopnik answers the age-old question, who put the donk in the JL421 Badonkadonk?

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Monday, already in progress.

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A Small Note of Miscellaneous Things

Haven't posted in a while--been busy chasing after the kittens, taking photos, and trying to sleep while they play on us at all hours of the night. Oh, yes, and there's that silly work thing too. The good news is that I had a Day Without Meetings yesterday; coupled with an extreme case of Just-One-More-Thing-itis, it means that I got a lot of stuff done yesterday. So, hopefully there is time for new kitten photos to be posted today.

Gave myself a lovely great cut on the tip of my left middle finger last night whilst cleaning cheese leftovers off of a sharper-than-expected knife. Got the bleeding stopped within a couple minutes, and I can tell that, three bandages later, that it's starting to get a bit better, but it's still a bit scary looking. Hopefully there will be no need for stitches.

For those with iTunes and large music collections, you may find Smart to be of some not insignificant interest.

Liz and I slept horribly last night, but that is largely due to our own silliness. Kaufman's was running a huge sale on down comforters, and Liz has been wanting a down comforter for years, and both of us agree that, given the current kitten situation, a bed covering without any sentimental value is a Smart Idea... Thus, a down comforter and cover set was acquired for a ridiculously reasonable sum, prepped, and placed onto the bed to be used last night. Of course, neither of us paid a whit of attention to the unseasonably warm weather, so by three o'clock in the morning, when the house still hadn't cooled past 70 degrees, we in our flannel sheets and flannel PJ's were sweaty little piggies. I spent the next few hours being awake for 20 minutes, asleep for 30-45, awake for 20 minutes, asleep again, and so on. Miserable.

The sleep experience was not helped by the fact that I had one of my trademark Red Wine Dreams, and this one was just as bizarre as most. Liz and I were visiting Canada, and working on a farm to help pay for the fancy dinner we were going to later that night. I was going to watch my Star Wars DVD's, and the generous farmer let me use his DVD player to preview them. I was aghast to find this beloved film 100% replaced by CG animation, and the cast were all Lego minifigs. At chapter breaks, the movie was interrupted by dumb Spongebob Squarepants games that were not skippable, and there was voiceover narration throughout. This upset me greatly, and we immediately left the farm, swearing about how Lucas had completely raped my childhood. We were on our way into town when I realized that I had left some things back at the farm; when I returned to the farm and was unable to locate my lost items, the farmer consoled me by taking me inside to visit his well-stocked comic book store.

I'm still not sure what it all means, but I'm bloody glad that I woke up at that point.

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Well, poop.

Work is utterly irritating; there's nothing quite like being ready to kill people from the moment I set foot in the office to the moment I leave. My present workload is quagmire-tastic at best, and violently uninteresting. Ugh.

Continued frustration on the computer front. I ran Memtest86 for about 24 hours and it showed zero errors, so I thought there might be some hope. So I deactivated some services in an attempt to pare down what was running, rebooted, twiddled menuconfig a little bit, and started a kernel compile.... which failed utterly as it neared completion, giving me a lovely kernel panic and locking up the box pretty hard. Rebooted into a much older, theoretically more stable kernel, and still can't get anything to do a friggin' DNS lookup, which makes it hard to see if I have a bad gcc or something that needs updating.

Damn, and blast, and other, less PG-rated terminology. I really don't want to try to reinstall without a backup, and I don't really have anywhere to back up to. Then again, if I'm having hardware problems, I'm not even sure a reinstall would help. Of course, given the whole cat situation, I don't want to have to start replacing hardware either. (Because at that point, why not just get a lovely Xserve and be done with Linux entirely? Oh, yeah, because Xserve costs a lot.)

Ugh again.

Oh, well, at least it's not like Greedo still shoots first or anything... (What? He does? You bastards!)

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Long Live the Republic!

Well, folks, in case you were curious about how I spent Earth Day... I am now the saviour of the galaxy!

You can all breathe a sigh of relief that I will stop mumbling and raving about how great Knights of the Old Republic was. No more shall it gobble up my free time! I am victorious! Its dark ways hold no more sway over me!

Well, until I start playing it as a dark sider, in which case you shall all bow before your new dark lord!! But you probably have a while before that, so in the mean time you can all go about your lives normally.

Okay. Enough of that. I'm going to go take some pictures of the kitchen progress.

May the Force be with you.

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